LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament is debating whether to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a decision which will define Britain’s departure from the European Union and could determine her own future as leader.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons, London, Britain November 26, 2018. Parliament TV handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
The odds look stacked against May winning parliamentary approval for her deal, which has come under fire from all sides, including eurosceptics, supporters of the EU and the Northern Irish party propping up her minority Conservative government.
Below is a running tally of the number of MPs who have so far explicitly indicated during the debate whether they plan vote for and against the Brexit deal on Dec.11. MPs are entitled to change their mind before the vote, and some do not state how they intend to vote.
There are a total of 650 MPs in parliament. Of those, 102 are government ministers and Conservative Party enforcers, or whips, who are required to support the deal and so are not included in the tally.
MPs who have indicated they will support the deal: 7
MPs who have indicated they will oppose the deal: 36
Here is a selection of quotes from MPs during the debate on why they have made their decisions:
SUPPORTING THE DEAL:
Roger Gale, Conservative lawmaker
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